This is my first beer from Lost Abbey and why not start with a BIG one. Pours a deep brown with a big tan head. Big aroma with lots of malts and dark fruits and some alcohol.
Taste has a lot going on with the dark fruits coming through but also a surprising amount of bitterness. Alcohol is also quite evident in the finish. I let this beer warm a bit thinking it would change the overall experience and surprisingly it did not.
No doubt this is a big bold beer that you need to be prepared for. Don’t try to drink it with dinner or on a hot summer afternoon. Glad I was able to try something from Lost Abbey but I certainly would not make an effort to get another bottle of this one.
Pros: Big, bold and high ABV
Alcohol Content: 10% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Lost Abbey
Brewers Description: A stronger version of our Lost and Found Abbey Ale brewed to a more contemplative alcohol content. Massive in every stretch of the brewing way possible this is the sort of beer that will remind a beer drinker who considers themselves a saint that even saints stray as sinners from time to time.
Not for the faint of heart, this beer weighs in at a heavenly 10% ABV and is available in 750 ml bottles and on draft at select locations
On 12-12-12 I decided to be just like everyone else and open my bottle of Stone’s Vertical Epic 12.12.12. I was not aware of the Stone Vertical Epic series until last year so I missed out on most of the series including the 10.10.10 which I really want a bottle of as October 10th is my birthday.
12.12.12 is a Belgian Strong Ale that also incorporates a lot of characteristics of a winter warmer. Pours almost entirely black with a very nice tan head. Aroma has plenty of spice; cinnamon and nutmeg being the most prevalent. Taste is quite nice with tons of cinnamon, there area couple other things happening here but they are masked by the huge amounts of cinnamon. There is a bit of alcohol warmth and mouthfeel is OK, not too thick and not too thin.
Overall this beer surprised me as I was not expecting much but it is unlike any other beer I have had and certainly enjoyable.
Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
Brewers Website: Stone Brewing
Brewers Description: APPEARANCE -Deep black with a dark brown, foamy head.
AROMA – First impressions are of cinnamon and allspice, combined with fruity banana esters and hints of clove from the Belgian yeast. As the beer warms in the glass, swirl it around and take in the aromatics one more time-caramel, dark toffee and molasses notes come into play as well. The end result is a wonderful juxtaposition of roasted malts, yeast esters and baking spices.
TASTE – Intense cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice with banana esters dominate up front. Hints of citrus arrive mid-palate, while molasses notes persevere in the finish along with a very nice dark-roasted malt dryness.
PALATE -A full, but not sweet, extremely dry finish. Very complex with great flavor balance.
OVERALL – The aromas wafting through the brewery as we brewed this beer were amazing! We couldn’t think of a better way to sign off this Epic series of beers.
This beer will transport you to a very warm place; the house is warm, a fire’s going and grandma’s in the kitchen baking away.
This is the first year I have tried Allagash Fluxus but according to their site this beer changes each year. This years version has green and pink peppercorns in it.
Appearance is very similar to the past few beers from Allagash – orange with a nice white head. The head on this one was slightly thinner than some of the others but still a nice looking beer. The aroma has some spice and of course the typical Belgian yeast smell from Allagash beer. Taste is pleasant with lots of pepper and some coriander as well as a nice lingering bitterness. There is also a bit of funk with this beer to add another layer of complexity.
Finish is clean and the 750 ml bottle was gone fairly quickly. An enjoyable beer but not sure it was worth the money as I believe this was a $15+ bottle of beer.
Pros: Complex flavor
Alcohol Content: 7.7% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Allagash Brewing
Brewers Description: Fluxus is a beer brewed every year to commemorate the anniversary of our first beer sold in July 1995. The name Fluxus is Latin for continuous change, something we seem to find ourselves in. Every year, Fluxus is brewed with a different recipe, giving our brewers a chance to push the limits of beer.
*Allagash Fluxus is brewed to help fund a scholarship set up for pediatric nurses at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. For details on the great work that they do there, go to mmc.org.
The first Dogfish Head review and it is not their best but certainly better than the last beer I had. This is the first in a series of high alcohol content beers made for sipping and not chugging. Having a full 8% alcohol content you can certainly taste the alcohol more than in the typical 4-5% ABV beers. There is a lot of flavor in this one and sip seems to bring something different. It has a great dark color, nice aroma and could be enjoyed with a meal or all by itself. I happened to enjoy this one in the evening after supper and I’m thinking it will be my last beer of the night.
Pros: Complex flavor, color, aroma
Cons: Strong alcohol taste
Alcohol Content: 8.0%
IBU (Bitterness): 25
We began brewing this one at our brewpub in 1996 (we began packaging and selling it sometime in 1998) as the answer to the question, “What beer should I enjoy with a wood-grilled steak?” Raison D’Etre fits the bill, tasty and as complex as a fine, red wine.
Food Pairing Recommendations: Steak, duck, game, wine-reduction sauces, Blue cheese, goat cheese, ham, mussels
pit fruit, decadent, winey, raisiney, malty